Parade (review)

Parade (review)
Parade (review)
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THE PLAY: This drama is based on the true story of a Jewish man who’s wrongly accused of murder in 1913 Georgia. Although there are a few moments of dialogue, almost all of the tragic tale is sung.

 

THE PRODUCTION: With 31 songs and 31 cast members, this is an ambitious and uneven undertaking. There are rousing ensemble numbers and stirring solos, especially from Andrew Scott, Erin Lessin Mahone, Todd Patterson and Tyler Wilson (who created the show’s most distinctive character). Many of the voices are powerful, while some miss the mark (or note). Even so, the flat PA system hampers the dynamic power of the music. Director Debra Clinton’s staging is sometimes flat and David White’s lighting was spread too thin, often leaving actors in the dark. It would have been nice to see the hilly terrain of Kevin Johnson’s ramps echoed with a mountain range or some other scenic element against the black curtains. While many musical moments are powerful, this show’s emotional moments don’t always live up to the drama.

 

THE POINT: Most of the ensemble is up to the musical demands, but the show unevenly delivers the drama.

 

2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

 

A production of the Jewish Family Theatre at the Weinstein JCC thru 3/15

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